Chelsea looking to hijack Thiago move to Old Trafford

Chelsea are considering the possibility of signing both Thiago Alcantara and Paulinho who both are close to joining their league rivals.

Thiago is believed to be on the verge of a move to Old Trafford with both Manchester United and Barcelona close to agreeing a fee for the play-maker.

As for Paulinho, Tottenham have met Corinthians release clause and will speak to the Brazilian international after the Confederations Cup.

Despite their incredible depth and quality of midfielders, Jose Mourinho is reportedly ready to hijack moves for the aforementioned duo.

With rumours linking Juan Mata with a move away from the club, Chelsea may have found an ideal replacement in Thiago.

Mourinho is reportedly ready to let Mata leave the club, with both of Spain’s finest in Real Madrid and Barcelona monitoring his situation. This news came as a shock to many, with Mata’s form incredible since arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2011.

But if Thiago can be brought in then some of the damage would have been limited given the Barcelona players ability and age.

Another player on the way out of Chelsea is John Obi Mikel who looks set to join Turkish side Galatasaray and Paulinho would be a welcome addition if this is the case.

The defensive midfielder has shone for Corinthians, and helped his Brazilian side beat Chelsea in the World Club Cup Championship final in 2012.

Paulinho looks certain to leave Corinthians this summer, however Chelsea are way behind Spurs in the race to sign him given the fact Andre Villas-Boas has already agreed a fee for the former FC Vilnius player.

History of stealing deals

Chelsea have history of completing deals for Manchester United and Tottenham targets who had looked set to join their rivals.

John Obi Mikel had completed a move to join Manchester United and was set to arrive in 2006, however Mikel claimed he was pressured into joining United and he preferred a move to Stamford Bridge.

Both Manchester United and his then club Lyn Oslo denied these allegations and both Chelsea and the players agent were forced to pay Manchester Unite and the Norwegian club damages to the deal that never happened.

Chelsea also scuppered a move of Tottenham’s to sign Oscar last season.

Tottenham believed they were close to completing a deal before Chelsea jumped ahead in the race to sign the Brazilian and with Champions League football on offer he joined them and the rest is history!

Josh is currently working his way through University and is avid fan of all things from the 'Red' half of Manchester!